Guests are urged to dress for rainy weather, keeping in mind that the grass in Killian Court may be slippery. Umbrellas are not permitted, as their use may block the view of others. In the event of rain, MIT will provide ponchos to guests in Killian Court.
In the event of uncomfortable weather, some guests may prefer to watch the ceremony from one of several indoor locations where it will be broadcast. Lists and maps of these locations will be available at the information tent in Killian Court, and also here. MIT staff in Killian Court will help any guests who would like to find an indoor viewing location.
Information regarding any relocation of Commencement Exercises from Killian Court will be available via a recorded message at 617-253-SNOW. Announcements will also be posted on the Commencement website and linked to from the MIT homepage.
Admittance to Killian Court begins at 7:30 a.m. Many people choose to arrive earlier so as to be in line when the doors open. Please leave enough time for your party to pass through security and be seated before the academic procession begins at 9:45 a.m. Since all admittance to Killian Court is halted for about half an hour during the procession, attendees should aim to be seated well before 9:45 a.m.
It is recommended that families review MIT's campus map ahead of time and coordinate a spot to meet with their graduates after the ceremony.
A summary of further logistical information about Commencement can be found here.